Playback of Blu-Ray movies on a Mac

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  1. Decrepit macrumors 65816

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    Hi there,

    I'm considering buying a SATA Blu-Ray burner and popping it in an external Firewire/USB shell.

    If I do this (not on my Mini of course)...

    1: Would Leopard 10.5.3 even see the drive?
    2: Would I be able to burn a Blu-Ray disk at all, or would I need to buy Toast or something different?
    3: How would I play back a movie on a Blu-Ray disk?

    I would use this drive with my PC as well, so if the Mac isn't ready for primetime, I would still have an option.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?

    Thanks!
     
  2. yadmonkey macrumors 65816

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    1. Yes, I think so.
    2. Pretty sure you'd need Toast to burn it.
    3. That's the sticking point. I don't know of a way. Furthermore, unless you have an HDCP-ready monitor, HDCP-ready cable, and HDCP-ready video card, you're not going to be able to take full advantage of blu ray, even if you could play them.
     
  3. Decrepit thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Interesting. I need to build a time machine, go back and find the guy who came up with this copy protection and, (in my best Cartman voice) kick him square in the nuts.
     
  4. ingenious macrumors 65832

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    yea i agree. I'm all for all this HD stuff, but the copy protection is a killer! c'mon, studios! trust your customers...:mad:
     
  5. yadmonkey macrumors 65816

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    It's so futile! As soon as blu ray becomes standard, the CP will be cracked anyway.
     
  6. Chundles macrumors G4

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    It already has.
     
  7. yadmonkey macrumors 65816

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    Man, that was fast! :D
     
  8. drrich2 macrumors member

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    SlySoft's AnyDVD HD is supposed to circumvent this. Here is a link to it. It's Windows software, not Mac; I figure some people are using Bootcamp & might benefit. I don't know whether it creates versions that could subsequently be played in a Mac (I guess it'd have to be on a hard disc, since people aren't going to burn them to burnable Blue-Ray discs anytime soon), or how well they'd play under Windows XP if you're using Fusion or Parallels.

    I haven't used it, but I'm thinking some online reviews have been good when I did a little searching in the past. How much good you could get out of it on a Mac I don't know, although I'd think Bootcamp users would do fine.

    Richard.
     
  9. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    where did you see this? you got a link? PM me if you cant post it on the boards.
     
  10. Galley macrumors 65816

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    Toshiba dumped HD DVD several months ago.
     
  11. northy124 macrumors 68020

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    The CP was cracked about 2 months after BD release, BD+ was cracked about 3 months ago. It was the next gen standard for 4 months now I think.
     
  12. Mollemand macrumors regular

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    Boom! Rip!
     

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